Ecological services at SLR are provided by experienced staff who provide practical solutions that meet the needs of both, our clients and the environment.
Ecology studies help us understand interactions between plants, animals and the world around us. These studies are vital when the natural environment is changing. Our team helps to find resolutions that ensure our ecosystems remain balanced.
SLR has a proven track record of successfully working with our clients across multiple sectors and geographies to deliver sound ecological guidance and cost-effective solutions in adherence to applicable governing regulatory systems and international good practice.
SLR staff have experience completing aquatic, terrestrial and wildlife surveys for a wide range of species and habitats across the globe. Our team maintains close links with a wide network of external biodiversity experts to provide additional specialist support where required.
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Ecological services are a key technical discipline for SLR. The following highlights the Ecological services provided by SLR:
- Arborist Services and Forestry Assessments;
- Vegetation Assessment and Land Classifications;
- Marine and Freshwater Fish and Aquatic Habitat Assessments;
- Development and Implementation of Biodiversity Management Plans and Ecological Monitoring Plans;
- Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Assessments;
- Wetland Delineation and Permitting;
- Biodiversity Strategies;
- Ecosystem Services Assessments;
- Species at Risk Inventory, Management and Permitting;
- Critical Habitat Assessments to Lender Standards;
- Environmental Offsets (design, planning, delivery, monitoring and management);
- Ecological Rehabilitation, Restoration and reclamation;
- Mitigation and Compensation Planning;
- Peer Review and Expert Witness Services.
Our team has experience providing ecological services for infrastructure & transportation planning, land developers, mining groups, government agencies, oil and gas companies, renewable energy, and industrial clients.
Ecologists naturally adopt a multidisciplinary approach to provide integrated and practical solutions. SLR’s Ecology team often work across linked disciplines with experts in Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Water Quality, Air Quality, Marine Noise, Risk Assessment, GIS and remote sensing, and Engineers to provide clients with a full-service experience. As a result, they deliver practical solutions that stand alone or complement other project technical elements.
SLR’s Ecology team comprises a diverse array of specialist skillsets to managing the nuances of the ecological matters across different environments around the globe.
Our team includes
Technical Discipline Manager
Bob Edmonds specialises in ecological impact assessment and protected fauna survey and mitigation. He has experience in botanical, mammal and herpetofauna surveys. Bob has gained experience in the design and implementation of bat, great crested newt, badger and water vole mitigation schemes. Bob is a registered consultant for Natural England’s Low Impact Class Licence for Great Crested Newts, recognition of his experience in design and implementation of mitigation for this species.
Senior Field Ecologist
Emily is responsible for numerous ecological and monitoring surveys including great crested newt, reptile, bat, badger, bird, water vole and otter surveys. She is experienced in undertaking extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys, tree climbing and inspection surveys, and NVC Classification surveys. In addition, she conducts desktop studies, interprets survey data and produces professional ecology survey reports. She also has experience in analysing bat call data using Analook software.
Daniela is a project ecologist who has experience in bat emergence, re-entry and transect surveys, great crested newt bottle trapping, habitat suitability index (HSI) and eDNA water sampling, reptile surveys, ECoW and phase 1 habitat surveys. Her office work includes using QGIS, sonogram analysis of bat calls, report writing and organising data.
Manager of Ecology & Natural Resources Planning
Matt has over 20 years of experience in environmental assessment and regulatory permitting at the local, state, and federal levels, representing private development, public utilities, industry, municipalities, and state government. As a Principal Scientist, Professional Wetland Scientist, and Certified Soil Scientist, Matt leads a team of permitting specialist, providing an array of expertise in ecology, natural resources, vegetation management, wetland assessment, and water quality management.